Airlines welcome move to open up European Union for summer travel

Airlines welcome move to open up European Union for summer travel

Airlines welcome move to open up European Union for summer travel

The European Commission has brought forward a proposal to the Member States to gradually start reopening the borders for travellers from third countries who are vaccinated, wishing to enter the EU and Schengen Area countries for non-essential purposes.

"There is very positive news coming through from countries that have good vaccination rates", he said.

After almost a year of closed borders, the European Union could open in June to fully vaccinated vacationers from countries with low Covid infection rates in time for summer under a plan revealed on Monday. Both agencies are considering Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.

European Union officials believe the bloc's COVID-19 vaccination campaign will soon be "a game changer" in the fight against the deadly virus.

While the European Commission recommendation talks about vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, it says other COVID-19 vaccines accepted by the World Health Organization for emergency-use jabs may be added later.

The European Commission is recommending EU member states agree to restart the bloc's vital tourist industry in time for the European summer after a wipe-out season previous year when travel plummeted worldwide.

The proposals, published by the European Commission, advised that arrivals must have been inoculated 14 days before arrival with a vaccine from its approved list, including BioNTech/Pfizer, Oxford University/AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

The Commission also proposed to raise the threshold related to the number of new COVID-19 cases used to determine the list of countries from which all travel should be permitted.

The proposals are due to be discussed today (Tuesday) and tomorrow.

A planned G-7 summit in the United Kingdom on June 11 - the first since the start of the pandemic - "would be an ideal opportunity for a joint announcement of the full reopening of the U.S. -UK air travel market for both U.S. and UK citizens", they suggested. "But we see how quickly the situation in the U.S. is evolving, notably for the rate of vaccination".

However, the commission wants to see an "emergency brake" applied "when the epidemiological situation of a non-EU country worsens quickly and in particular if a variant of concern or interest is detected".

In addition, if Member States decide to waive the requirements to present a negative PCR test and/or to undergo quarantine for vaccinated persons on their territory, they should also waive such requirements for vaccinated travelers from outside the EU.

On Monday, the European Commission called for easing travel restrictions for foreign citizens who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations.

A woman takes a smartphone photograph as a healthcare worker administers a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center inside the Fira de Barcelona exhibition space in Barcelona, Spain.

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